Gratitude Day – May 2023

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Today we’re celebrating another JohnnyO Gratitude Day!

This is a 5-minute excerpt of a 35-minute interview by Arnie Carter with John Olander, our first generous poet on Features two of John’s poems, “Hello Fear” and the first poem John ever wrote six years ago, “History Shelf.” John talks candidly about his life on the street, his addiction, what he loves about being a poet, and how he has triumphed since. Congrats, John! Thank you so much.

Transcription below.

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I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Gratitude Day ☼ 28 October 2022

Carol Lee Serendipity

by John Olander

I missed her then, I truly did. I still do. Recovery means so many things and has so many facets. One thing I have learned in my own journey, no matter your stripe or difficulty, helping others helps me.

I had not seen her in a number of years. I certainly did not expect to see her on that day or to have the privilege of the events that would unfold in the ensuing months. I have heard it said, wisely, that you go nowhere by accident. Believe it.

It started with an accident, something happens that changes everything. Tomorrow’s never promised to any of us, or is it?

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Gratitude Day ☼ 28 August 2022

28 August 2022

John Olander at “The Slate” in Denver, CO.

This month, John shared three new poems, the vid above, photos of beautiful friends, and two gorgeous murals at SAME Cafe and Tattered Cover Books, Denver, Colorado.

Thanks so much, Johnny O!


Defying Odds – The Mural

This beautiful mural was created by Mary Rosenburg and hangs in SAME Cafe in Denver, Colorado. The mural was created as an homage* to John and features the words from his poem “Defying Odds.”

*See John’s comment below explaining the beautiful story about this and other SAME Cafe murals. ♥.

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Gratitude Day ☼ 28 July 2022

A JohnnyO Celebration!

Each week John writes at SAME Cafe to a prompt for Coach Matt Salis which is “as fresh as each day’s breath.” Each month on the 28th we can look forward to a new piece to celebrate Gratitude Day for another month of wellness.

Thank you, John!

Image by Pixabay.


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